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200 Saw Mill Road
West Haven, Connecticut,06516
The mission of the West Haven Police Department is to provide professional, knowledgeable, and thorough law enforcement services to ensure the safety and well being of all people, with constant awareness of the diverse needs of the individuals and community. O... more.
State of Connecticut Accreditation Program
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
Connecticut Association of Women Police | Awards Presented by the CAWP
1992 Officer Colleen Smullen of the West Haven Police Department
West Haven Police News
Congratulations to Chief Colleen Smullen, ret. Deputy Chief Christopher Stratton III, ret. Deputy Chief John Serra, ret. Det/Sgt.
(Pictured right to left, Sam's Club Community Involvement Representative Tammy Eaton, West Haven Police Department's Chief Colleen Smullen, Captain John Karajanis, Officer Angelo Moscato, and Sergeant Martin Garcia.)
Chief of Police
Chief Colleen Smullen was hired as a West Haven Police Officer on June 21, 1985.
She began her career serving in the Patrol Division. In 1987, she was assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force where she worked with State and local law enforcement to combat narcotics distribution in Connecticut. On April 19, 1989 Officer Smullen received the Medal of Honor (the highest commendation awarded by this Department) for her bravery in risking her own life engaged in combat with an armed and dangerous person. On August 19, 1988, Chief Smullen was searching for an armed gunman who had shot State Trooper John Kucan and West Haven Police Detective Keith Sweeney in the Meloy Road area. In 1991, Officer Smullen was assigned as an investigator to the Detective Division. On September 10, 1993, she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor. In 1993, Sergeant Smullen was assigned as the supervisor to the Training Division where she was responsible for the in-service training of all sworn and civilian personnel and recruitment of new police officers. On October 10, 1997, Sergeant Smullen was promoted to Lieutenant. She served as a Patrol Shift Commander and the Department's Administrative Lieutenant. She was responsible for spearheading the Department's Professional Accreditation Program and is a certified assessor for the State of Connecticut Accreditation Program. She attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and is a graduate of the 205th session. On July 26, 2002, Lieutenant Smullen was promoted to the rank of Captain. She was assigned to the Administrative Services Division once again overseeing the Department's training, grant writing and recruitment programs. Captain Smullen supervised the Uniformed Services Division, the Department's largest Division made up of over 80 employees. Chief Smullen has received the West Haven Police Department's Medal of Honor, the Connecticut State Police Medal of Bravery and the International Narcotic Officers Medal of Valor. She was named Woman Police officer of the Year for the State of Connecticut and has received numerous commendations. On December 14, 2009, Deputy Chief Smullen was sworn in as Chief of Police. Chief Smullen is the 15th Chief of Police for the West Haven Police Department and the first female Chief of Police in West Haven. She was also the first female in the department's history to achieve the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of New Haven.
Connecticut Association of Women Police | About Us
With special acknowledgement for the female police chiefs having served in the State of Connecticut: Chief Lynn Baldoni of Middletown Police Department, Chief Colleen Smullen of the West Haven Police Department, Chief Betsy Hard of the Bloomfield Police Department and Chief Linda Maruzo-Bullock of the Willimantic Police Department Chief Karen Krasicky of the Plymouth Police Department and Chief Margaret Ackley of the New London Police Department.
Previous Chief Photo Gallery
Colleen Smullen was the department's fifteenth Chief of Police.
Chief Smullen held the position from December 2009 through February 2010.